Background to
Sarah Kearney

Sarah Kearney was the Managing Director of SHL Australia (a highly successful global HR Consulting Organisation) for over six years and also assumed responsibility for the New Zealand business in her final year with SHL. Sarah has fourteen years experience in a high profile consulting role, with the SHL Group and Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture).

As Managing Director (2001-2007), Sarah had ultimate responsibility for the overall business performance and best practice profile of SHL Australia and New Zealand. Throughout her tenure as MD the business consistently achieved both top and bottom line growth. She was responsible for the management and development of approximately 70 employees and formed part of the SHL Global Leadership team. Sarah was also a leading media spokesperson promoting the role of objective assessment in selection and development programs.

Prior to assuming the role of Managing Director, Sarah was the National Consultancy Director, where she was responsible for all of the HR consulting activity within SHL Australia.

In her role as a Consultant, Sarah has been involved in hundreds of different projects implementing people management strategies. She has worked at all levels within the corporate environment and has spanned all industry spectres across many different geographic locations.

Sarah now operates as an Independent Consultant in her own practice, and offers her clients a unique combination of high profile consulting experience with real life leadership expertise. The blend of best practice psychological principles with pragmatic management experience maximises the process, the value and the final outcome for the client.

She has a genuine knowledge, understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by Executives and Leaders within business and incorporates these insights into the solutions she designs.

Sarah has two primary requirements before undertaking an assignment - firstly she needs to ascertain whether she can craft the right solution that will actually make a difference to her client and secondly she prefers to engage with clients who are looking to enjoy the experience, to learn and have some fun. There has to be a legitimacy to the outcome and an enjoyment factor to the interaction and experience.